The user interface’s partial makeover brings larger fonts and icons that make it easier to read, it also blends better with Vista and Windows 7, albeit not as well with XP.
Mozy claims that 2.0 is faster than its predecessor, and the software did seem zippy in my hands on testing. I used a fairly speedy, Comcast cable broadband connection that often sustains 500 kbps uploads and 1 mbps downloads.
The big news with Mozy 2.0 is its ability to back up to a local hard drive as well as to online servers. Every backup strategy should include easy to restore local copies and physically secure offsite (in this case online) destinations, and handling both requirements with one program can save your time and effort. The local backup is a rudimentary, plain file copy, and your sole option is to choose the drive partition (C, D, or whatever) it should reside on. But that’s fine for taking care of your most important data, and the payoff is that you can manage your backup from within a single interface.
Otherwise, Mozy has not changed much. Cloud backup includes automatic file selection, open file backup, user definable backup sets with filtering, and versatile scheduling. It is an excellent service backed by industry giant EMC, and it works smoothly in the background to protect your data. Ultimately the less than lovely interface is of far less consequence than the increased functionality.